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    Sounds like a good first lesson and also that you hit it off well with your instructor. Will follow your subsequent experiences in this thread (so keep posting).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    Sounds like a good first lesson and also that you hit it off well with your instructor. Will follow your subsequent experiences in this thread (so keep posting).
    Thank you, I'll try to do that!


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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing & please keep up the good work!
    Thank you! I was really pleased with how it went. I'm actually looking forward to practicing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by boojiboo View Post
    First lesson went well!
    Congrats! If you're anything like most of us (sorry for the audacity of speaking for others) you'll find that you'll want to "practice" as much as possible and will soon feel weird when you aren't holding your uke, just strumming chords or doing a picking pattern.

    One of us, one of us, gabba gabba ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoiDog View Post
    Congrats! If you're anything like most of us (sorry for the audacity of speaking for others) you'll find that you'll want to "practice" as much as possible and will soon feel weird when you aren't holding your uke, just strumming chords or doing a picking pattern.

    One of us, one of us, gabba gabba ...
    We accept her, we accept her?

    It already feels that way a little. Just hanging out and holding an uke is comforting, somehow.


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    I'm in the same place as you are. (No music theory. Can't read music. No instrumental background.) So, I am very interested in your experience with the lessons.

    If there are any uke clubs near you, I highly recommend getting involved with it. Most are really welcoming for beginner players. And it's a lot more fun when you're playing with others.

    Enjoy the journey. And as others have said, have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I'm in the same place as you are. (No music theory. Can't read music. No instrumental background.) So, I am very interested in your experience with the lessons.

    If there are any uke clubs near you, I highly recommend getting involved with it. Most are really welcoming for beginner players. And it's a lot more fun when you're playing with others.

    Enjoy the journey. And as others have said, have fun!
    Okay, I'll try to remember to post here whenever I have a lesson!

    There's apparently a club in St. Louis, which is near-ish to my town, but I've tried to contact them via their facebook page and never heard back. I'm not at a point to be playing with others, but it still would have been nice to hold out as a future endeavor. Oh, well. I'm having fun on my own, too!


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    Second lesson last night! I messed up-- a LOT-- and after I told my instructor, "I swear I PRACTICED," he reassured me that "It's harder in here." He remains patient and still told me I'm doing well for a beginner. We covered some more basics, played through some exercises, and he coached me on picking back up after making a mistake (or lots of mistakes). Sent me home with more homework.

    I was really frustrated with myself for messing up so badly when I was doing so much better with the exercises at home, but I'm glad that he's still being patient. I need that.


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    It takes a while for "muscle memory" to take effect. Practicing by self is just the first step... now playing in front of the instructor is a whole different level. I encountered this frustration when I first taped my playing. Mistakes everywhere, timing bad, etc. even with no one else around. That is what being a beginner is about. But wait another few lessons and compare with today's and you will notice leaps and bounds in your progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    It takes a while for "muscle memory" to take effect. Practicing by self is just the first step... now playing in front of the instructor is a whole different level. I encountered this frustration when I first taped my playing. Mistakes everywhere, timing bad, etc. even with no one else around. That is what being a beginner is about. But wait another few lessons and compare with today's and you will notice leaps and bounds in your progress.
    Rainbow21 is right. Playing at home and playing in front of your instructor (or any other person, for that matter) are two totally different beasts. Just try to relax and enjoy the journey. Always take the long view when assessing your growth. You will experience good days and bad days, periods of growth, and plateaus where it feels like your skills are regressing. These are all normal parts of a musical journey. If you keep the “fun” part alive, you will eventually reach your destination. Best of luck!
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